Easter Thirty

Easter Thirty
May 19, 2014

Knock, Knock – Your Vocation is Here!

A recent trend in Christian education, adult Christian education, has been the trendy word “calling” or the even trendier “vocation”. II Timothy 2:15 explains: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” One might say the education for such begins with acknowledging God’s existence and in wanting to love and serve Him. II Peter 3:18 helps to understand that growing in the knowledge of creation, God or your spiritual maker, and the teachings of Jesus or whomever your spiritual teacher is, helps us put our beliefs or theology into living.

“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “You.” “You who?” “You who…Anybody home?”
Moses is often given an example of a Biblical character who received a call from God. Orphaned and a foster child, he grew up and left his comfortable palace home to later receive the Ten Commandments and lead the exodus of the Israelites to their promised land. Too busy with the tablets and commandments, there really is no word-by-word record of the conversation between Moses and God except that Moses was not happy and did not go willingly. We sometimes forget that.

“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Lord.” “Lord who?” “Can’t be. The Lord would know I’m too busy to come to the door right now!”
Working with teenagers, I once broached the subject of what they thought God wanted them to do with their lives. Many were seniors in high school and in the process of deciding whether to go to college, take a year off, work, or drive around town as much as they could, cruising for friends and free food. When I asked one enterprising student, a dean list’s scholar, his answer was swift and strong: “I hope God calls me to have seven Sabbaths in a row. Every week. Every year.” Another sitting nearby replied: “Yeah, man. I think that’s called death.” Still another, when finished, received a round of applause. “Whatever my calling is, I just hope God clears it with my parents. They have my whole life planned out for me.” We sometimes want God to work His plan into our own. It seldom works that way, I think.

“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “You.” “You who?” “You who…Anybody home?”
Of course, in order to get the message, we do have to listen, to be open to such. Nowadays, Christian colleges are offering classes in vocation. One, north of Boston, has a year-long study that includes something called the Elijah Project. Educational institutions have long offered sabbaticals to tenured professors so that they might renew their focus, re-energize their calling. First, though, we have to hear the call.

“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Noah.” “Noah who?” “Noah a good place we can talk?”
Noah also answered God’s call. His family was to be the root family of a new world, a new generation of the faithful. Much has been made about Noah, especially in light of a recent movie, but historical fact seems to indicate that a man with that name in that time did live. Geologists have evidence of such a flood in the area believed to be Noah’s home. In fact, most any continent on earth has evidence of such a flood. Deluge myths are largely believed to be fanciful folklore and yet, they exist in everything from the ancient Chinese Nuwa to the German Louise and the Flea. Noah is evidence that a calling might be labor intensive.

“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Adore.” “Adore who?” “Adore is between us. Open up!”
Romans 6:11-13 gives us no excuse for being too literate to be religious. Knowledge is education applied, according to the Bible. One’s belief does and should integrate itself into all facets of our life. We cannot compartmentalize out faith into a nice Sunday or Friday evening ritual and then ignore it the rest of the week.

“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “I am.” “I am who?” “I am the Lord thy God.”
It all comes back to defining one’s belief system. The word education does not actually exist in the Bible. Knowledge is often used and illustrated, both in the teachings of the faith and in the living of that faith. The Greek “paideia” is used for knowledge applied but it does not translate into our present day word education or a synonym of it. The Greek word translates as “nurturing”. We are to become educated so that we might nurture one another.

“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Ah.” “Ah who?” “Bless you!”
A website for women and house husbands, flylady.com encourages the homemaker to utilize one’s time wisely and joyfully. One way to do this is to “bless” one’s bathroom, living room, house, etc. Marla Cilley, founder of FlyLady, is an online personal coach to help people Declutter and organize their homes and lives. She has almost 700,000 subscribers to her website and email newsletters and her products have earned her over four million dollars. Her weekly home blessing takes one hour with tasks such as dusting and scrubbing allotted only ten minutes each. Her concept is simple – Declutter and organize your life to better enjoy it and don’t worry about being perfect. Like Moses, we tend to think we must be the perfect candidate instead of seeing what we bring to the table.

“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Tank.” “Tank who?” “You’re welcome.”
How do we answer a call? How do we complete the call? Are we capable? Isaiah 43:1 gives us our answer: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you…” The video for today is neither a slick package nor professionals. It features everyday people using their talents, answering their call.

“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “You are.” “You are… [gulp]. Good Lord, help me!” “Of course I will.”

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